The onset of warmer weather can mean only one thing: music festival season is nigh! There may be other joys that Summer brings, but for the folks at AccuJazz Internet Radio it’s all about savoring great music in the great outdoors. AccuJazz has a tradition of creating channels dedicated to the jazz festivals they’re most excited about, from Montréal to Monterey, and they’re getting ready to offer up updated playlists based on all of this year’s big fests, too.

The first of the main jazz events to happen each year is the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, taking place this April 27 through May 6. Naturally, that’s also the first festival channel being launched on AccuJazz. Visit and launch the channel now. As with all AccuJazz channels, it’s free, customizable and available 24/7.

While the festival’s website pushes big-name headliners like the Eagles, Bruce Springsteen and the Zac Brown Band, there is a wealth of exceptional jazz scheduled to take place at this year’s event. The AccuJazz channel leaves out the Eagles and the Boss in favor of a diverse mix of jazz artists, from Grammy-winning “It” girl Esperanza Spalding to the legendary Herbie Hancock. Of course, there’s always a slew of exceptional local New Orleans talent including Ellis Marsalis, Trombone Shorty and the usual line-up of stellar brass bands (Dirty Dozen, Rebirth, and Soul Rebels, for starters).

Whether you’re actually planning on attending Jazz Fest or just wish you were, AccuJazz’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2012 channel makes for a great listen. Be sure to look out for more channels as the festival season really gets under way in the next few months.